I’m a little behind on my Wednesday post, a little behind on my fall decorating, and well and just a little behind on life in general! But that’s ok it’s 2020 and nothing has really gone according to plan this year. However, I did have time to quickly shoot my purple and burgundy fall window boxes yesterday while the sun was shining.
I skipped the mums again this year (they never seem to make it long in my window boxes) and went with cabbage like last year. I stuck to more purple and burgundy tones for something different.
I also added these gorgeous scarlet Celosia this year. Although the nursery owner warned me they aren’t as hardy as the cabbage, so I have been careful to cover them up with a fitted sheet on chillier nights. Have I mentioned that trick before? A twin fitted sheet fits perfectly and gently over my window boxes when frost is a threat.
I think we have already had 2 or 3 nights of frost here in Michigan? You never know what you are going to get with the fall flower season here!
I actually did a few versions of these boxes this year but didn’t snag photos in time to share the first version. I’ll explain my method though. Some of my flowers toward the end of summer (Septemberish) start to look scraggly, leggy, and their time is just done. This year instead of completely starting over I slowly transitioned my boxes by pulling out the tired flowers and incorporating new.
Here are what my flowers looked like mid-summer for a refresher. I pulled out all the pink flowers and the white geraniums, but left all the white flowers and vinca vine. I added in a few cabbage, cabbages, cabbagi? Just looked it up its apparently cabbages, which sounds weird but you learn something new every day! I also added some pansies too.
The white flowers eventually died off because they didn’t like the cold snap. I filled in the empty space with cabbage, decorative grass, and celosia.
It was nice to gradually change with the season rather than ripping everything out and starting from scratch!
You can see here the leaves are just starting to change, and I will definitely share more photos as it happens. I know some of you don’t get to experience all 4 seasons and like to live vicariously through my seasonal photos, so I will be sure to share more!
Also, I cropped Charlie out of all my pics as he insisted on being in them as usual. Here is one of just him and my hydrangeas.
I love the colors hydrangeas turn in the fall!
Here’s a shot I shared in my Instagram stories last week when a big storm was rolling in.
If you are looking for more fall window box ideas, or porch inspiration you can check out some of last year’s posts –
Or if you want to add window boxes to your own home I share a bit more about how our window boxes are built in this post –